Keyhole (2012)



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After a long absence, gangster and father Ulysses Pick (Jason Patric) arrives home to a house haunted with memories, towing the body of a teenaged girl and a bound and gagged young man. His gang waits inside his house, having shot their way past police. There is friction in the ranks. Ulysses, however, is focused on one thing: journeying through the house, room by room, and reaching his wife Hyacinth (Isabella Rossellini) in her bedroom upstairs. The equilibrium of the house has been disturbed and his odyssey eventually becomes an emotional tour, as the ghostly nooks and crannies of the house reveal more about the mysterious Pick family. -- (C) Official Site
R (for graphic nudity, sexuality, violent content and some language)
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Jason Patric
as Ulysses Pick
Udo Kier
as Dr. Lemke
Louis Negin
as Calypso/Camille
David Wontner
as Manners
Darcy Fehr
as Ned Pick
Tyhr Trubiak
as Dwayne
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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (17)

Still too self-referential, too hermetic and too glacial to offer much enjoyment beyond the gorgeous monochrome visuals.

Full Review… | September 11, 2012
Time Out
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Patric's performance is a deadpan treat. His can-do, take-charge character is in continual zany contrast to his surreal surroundings.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Seattle Times
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'Keyhole" is the first Guy Maddin movie that feels as if it got only halfway out of the director's head and onto the screen.

Full Review… | May 31, 2012
Boston Globe
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Funny enough to be disarming even when it's spinning its wheels thematically.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Chicago Reader
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A Maddin film has a disturbing way of always seeming to exist in the present, like a dream. You know what happened and you even know what will happen, but you also see it all shifting and changing.

Full Review… | May 2, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
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Like Maddin's melancholic and relatively more conventional My Winnipeg, Keyhole is about a memory house, but one that is even more fragmented, mythical and elusive.

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
Globe and Mail
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Maddin has always been something of an acquired taste - and he seems to be doing his utmost to keep it that way.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

"Keyhole" starts with the police cornering a gang of criminals in a house on a rainy night. Taking charge, Big Ed(Daniel Enright) separates the dead from the living, sending the former out to be taken care of. When Ulysses(Jason Patric), the boss, finally puts in an appearance, he takes care to get warm clothes for Denny(Brooke Palsson). He is also wondering about the state of his wife Hyacinth(Isabella Rossellini). So, he takes Denny and a hostage upstairs with him. If I was being unusually silly, I would say a lot of the anger at "The Artist" winning so many Academy Awards was due to the continual snubs of Guy Maddin's films. In any case, with his latest film, the partially successful "Keyhole," he moves things ahead by a couple of decades to incorporate every kind of genre popular in the 40's, short of musical, making the formerly implicit explicit in this psychosexual noir funhouse and actually manages to connect a good deal of the dots. And Maddin has the right lead actor in Jason Patric who not only has the requisite square jaw but also the ability to deal with every bit of weirdness thrown his way. That does not include the references to 'The Odyssey.'(Yes, there is a Cyclops. No, you do not want to know.) Now, if someone could just explain the naked old guy in chains.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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Maddeningly Maddin. It's too much and I'm going to call him on it. Can we have a film that isn't in painful black and white with sharp scene changes and distractions that don't add to the "plot"?

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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